Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Sep 2009 18:34 UTC
Mac OS X There are several things which take quite some getting used to when switching from any platform to the Mac. There are things like the universal menubar, the dock, Expose, and many more. One of the things that often leads to confusion for new users is the installation process for applications. Mozilla developer Alexander Limi talks about the problems Mozilla runs into when it comes to Firefox' installation process on the Mac, and a possible solution. Update: A possible solution?
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RE[8]: Comment by sonic2000gr
by pjafrombbay on Sun 20th Sep 2009 00:52 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by sonic2000gr"
pjafrombbay
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2005-07-31

... Every developer would have to setup their on repo and for the most part these are too distro specific to be of any use to someone on an unsupported linux install. You have to have the proper version the distro that the repo supports, not every user knows how to add repos to their system and the whole one click repo add thing doesn't really work in practice...


Have you had a look at PC-BSD. The PBI file format/process puts all the dependencies into each (and every) install package. This not only makes install and uninstall easier for the end user but it also makes life easier for the developer who can decide which versions of libraries etc. he wishes to use. What about the extra disk space I can hear you shouting! In these days of US150 terabyte hard drives, who cares.

Regards,
Peter

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